World Music Day is held on the same day as the summer solstice, June 21 every year.
It’s also known as ‘Fête de la Musique’ as it originated in France in the 1980s.
The festival is now celebrated in over 120 countries around the world.
Other names for the festival include ‘Music Day’, ‘Make Music Day’ and of course World Music Day’.
The purpose of the festival is to encourage both amateur and professional musicians to perform for free in public.
Free concerts are organized for music of all genres and musicians typically perform for free.
Many musicians also do free live performances on their social media platforms to mark the day.
Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982 when Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at the Ministry of Culture.
Since then the festival was quickly adopted by other European countries and now is celebrated globally.
It’s celebrated in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, China, Australia and Nigeria among others